Vote: What Color Should I Paint Jack’s Bed?

Charlotte@Living Well on the Cheap  —  April 11, 2014 — 8 Comments

My first instinct when I started planning Jack’s transition to a twin bed was to paint it green. Note that I am way more concerned with the decorating than with the actual logistical and emotional issues of leaving a crib behind, but focus on what you can control, right? So anyway, I’m starting to get a little nervous about the green because I think that painting is going to be a big job. I’m not sure we’ll use them as bunk beds right away and may keep one bed stored away for a while, but if I’m painting one bed I’m painting both and all those spindles lead me to believe that I’d be better off borrowing my sister’s sprayer than trying to do it by hand. This is going to be an undertaking, and my typical approach in home improvement is to keep anything expensive or time-consuming neutral and bring in color with inexpensive accents or small projects I can knock out in an afternoon.

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An exception is Jack’s dresser. I spent several days working on it and painted it navy. To be fair, most of that time was spent prepping and priming it, but it took four coats of navy to get good coverage and will probably need another several coats plus primer if I ever want to change the color, especially to something lighter. But I never worried that I was making a mistake and two years later I still dig it. Maybe because navy is such a classic color?

Here’s the area where the bed will go for reference. Obviously some things will be rearranged to accommodate the transition to a “big boy” room.

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The beds are going to be painted for sure. The blonde wood is not my style and they are scratched up pretty badly. I see three options: paint it green, paint it navy, or paint it something neutral.

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Clockwise from top left: A Bed for Julia | Shortcut to Mushrooms, Jack’s Modern Adventurous Abode | Apartment TherapyAnnie Sloan Chalk Painted Bed – Take 2 | The Lilypad Cottage

The green would be fun and would fulfill a longstanding desire of mine to paint something kelly green, but would be a risk. The navy is more safe in that it’s a classic shade and ties into the dresser, but it’s still interesting. A white, gray, or black bed would be basically regret-proof and allow me to have more fun with accessories and decor. So what say you, lovely readers? Vote in the poll below. If you’re reading this post in your email or in a feed reader you may need to click over to the post page.

Vote: What Color Should I Paint Jack's Bed?
What Color Should I Paint Jack's Bed?

Charlotte@Living Well on the Cheap


8 responses to Vote: What Color Should I Paint Jack’s Bed?

  1. Ashley Ballard April 11, 2014 at 7:34 am


  2. I’d definitely be going neutral, or even trying something to go for a darker, richer wood tone. You have a lot of other paint going on in that room, and the addition of green? Eh, a little too “all the primary colors” in my opinion. If you definitely want a color, navy would be my next choice to stick to the palette you’ve already established. Just my $.02!

  3. You could also consider the tinted stain from IKEA if that would be less work than priming, but it might take more sanding. I think a few coats of that starts to look relatively opaque. Just another idea while you’re brainstorming.

    Also, if you and Jack come visit me in ATL, bring them and I’ll paint them for you. :)

  4. I love the idea of green, but would be worried it would be too much with the navy and yellow. I would probably do navy or white and bring in pops of green and yellow with accessories.

  5. Gina says gray. A barely grey aost white grey. The green and navy would be too much and navy plus navy would be overkill in that small room.

  6. Charlotte@Living Well on the Cheap April 13, 2014 at 6:38 pm

    Thank you all for sharing your opinions! I’m still undecided!

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